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4 Ways that Music Can Help You Be More Productive

Looking for ways to improve your productivity? Try putting some rhythm in your workday.

Music: it can make you feel good, it can get stuck in your head, it can make you want to dance. But is it good or is it bad for productivity?

Apparently it can be good, if you choose wisely.

Researchers claim that …

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7 Productivity Hacks I Couldn't Live Without

I've spent a lot of time as an entrepreneur, but these seven hacks are some of the best tricks I've found.

As an entrepreneur, productivity is absolutely indispensable. You have so many tasks, so many responsibilities, and so many people pulling you in different directions that a dip in …


How Being More Average Can Increase Productivity

Dissecting the average daily grind can lead to more efficient workflows.

In our personal quest to achieve more with less, we often learn from two primary sources:

1. Academic studies that reveal opportunities for higher output, like the ones that tell us we should work while standing up and that lots …


11 productivity tricks small-business owners can use to get more done every day

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When you own a small business, there are dozens of people and projects vying for your time and attention. It’s hard to figure out where to focus your resources and easy to become overwhelmed.

But your personal productivity helps determine your company’s productivity, so it’s crucial …


10 Ways to Kill the Distractions and Supercharge Your Productivity

Technology is both a blessing and a curse. While we all occasionally find ourselves obsessing over our Facebook feeds, technology also helps us perform better at our jobs.

A 2014 survey by Pew Research Center reported that technology has had a positive and lasting impact on worker efficiency. …


5 Ways Weekends Can Boost Your Productivity Monday Through Friday

A long, stress-filled workweek can drain all your energy and leave you exhausted by Friday afternoon. Then on Monday morning, you know you have to start the whole cycle all over again.

You need rest, relaxation and rejuvenation to be refreshed and ready to work. Weekends are an ideal time to …


This Productivity Hack Completely Changed My Life, and It Can Improve Yours

During your day, you have a lot going on. Email, phone calls, meetings, interviews, driving, answering questions, tech support, coding, hosting webinars and whatever else you have to accomplish during those hours that you've defined as "work."

Interruptions abound and productivity drops. Your day is …


3 Underappreciated Keys to Prolific Productivity

"Productivity" may be the goal, but we first have to understand that goal. As it turns out, productivity is not just about getting things done. Along with high performance, productivity is rooted in how we actually manage ourselves.

Sure, our calendars are in sync, but how much margin have we …


The Four Types Of Productivity Styles

Within weeks of starting my first job out of college, I was sent to the in-house time management training program. I dutifully attended the class and used the planner they provided as instructed. But as the weeks went by, I noticed that my productivity hadn't improved. As I looked around at my …


How Does Music Affect Your Productivity?

Productivity is becoming more and more of a buzzword in the workplace. With employers pushing for higher levels of productivity, employees are always looking for easy and practical way to maximise their efficiency.

What if there was something you could do as an employee that requires no effort on …


3 Strategies for Creating a To-Do List That Almost Does Itself

Let's face it: getting things done is hard. Even when you have a solid "to-do" list.

The main problem with traditional "to-do" lists is that they lack prioritization. Think about how a trip to the store goes with your typical grocery list.

You get in the store, start rolling down the aisles and look …


5 Practices to Gain More Time and Master Productivity

Entrepreneurs have to wear many hats and our days are filled with endless to-dos. As we often work solo or with small teams, the number of items on that list can seem endless and unrelenting.

One of the greatest “mind enemies” we face is personal judgment around our productivity. For example, if at …


5 Tips to Organize Your Day for Maximum Productivity

Whether you're the type of person that jumps out of bed before your alarm clock or the kind that doesn't officially start your day until that second cup of coffee, we can all use a little push in the morning. Follow these tips to help you make the most out of your day and achieve maximum …


Try Out This Productivity Tip That Worked Wonders for Me

Type “productivity tip” into Google search and you are likely to come up with more than 112 million hits. That’s because we are all trying to be more productive. This interest has caused dozens of productivity-based companies (tech and otherwise) to sprout up in recent years, but I’m here to tell …


8 Ways to Radically Increase Your Productivity

Beginnings are the most exciting and energizing times in life. If things have been in a slump for you, make some changes. Lasting success comes from making pointed shifts in your behavior on a daily basis. Success is rarely the result of the major decisions you have to make due to the long and …


A Quirky New Trick to Beat Procrastination

A new study offers an unexpected (and simple!) trick to help you rein in your tendency to put stuff off.

Entrepreneurs aren't the only people who struggle with procrastination. Psychologists, it seems, do too. At least that's what you'd have to conclude from the number of scientific studies …


Productivity expert David Allen on getting things done in a digital world

David Allen can sound something like a guru. The author of the productivity bible Getting Things Done likes to talk about "mismanaged inputs," the things that "pull on your psyche" and the nirvana people experience when they fully empty their email inbox.

"Have you ever tasted what it was like to …


6 Books That Will Boost Your Productivity Right Now

Even the most productive people would like to be more efficient. Here are 6 books that will help you get more done in less time with less effort.

Most of the time I feel like a productive person. I write three columns a week, am getting a master's degree, manage a small number of clients, and …


8 Business Practices That Increase Productivity

Productivity is on the decline in America: The Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that during the fourth quarter of 2014, nonfarm business output increased by 3.2 percent, and hours worked increased by 5.1 percent; but productivity itself decreased by 1.8 percent. This is a disturbing trend for any …


4 Productivity Books That Can Help You Get More Done

From proper procrastination to better distractions, these books will teach you how to be more efficient.

If you’ve ever felt like, despite your best efforts, you can’t seem to get to the bottom of that daily to-do list—join the club.

But just because being a productivity ninja seems like a farfetched …


5 Tips to Help You Stay Productive at Work

This is part of the Increased Productivity series where experts in productivity, brain training, and business success share the techniques and tools they couldn't live without.

Almost every individual who works for a living has experienced, or has been experiencing, productivity issues in the …

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10 Habits You Should Abandon Now to Improve Productivity

Not all tasks are equally important

They say that you have the same number of hours in the day as Beyonce — so why does it feel like you’re never able to get caught up on your business to-do list?

Apart from not having your own team of personal assistants, stylists and other hangers-on, it could be …


How To Kickstart Your Productivity This Weekend

Could you use your weekend to be more productive, not by cramming it full of work, but in other ways? Often, when it gets to Monday morning, we don't feel refreshed or productive. We feel in need of another weekend before the week has even started. What should you do this weekend to boost your …


Why Saying This Four-Letter Word Can Transform Your Productivity

A neurochemical shift happens in your brain when you say "done" at the end of even the smallest tasks.

Perfectionists are often reminded that "done is better than perfect." But it turns out there’s another reason we should all try to create more "done" moments in our workdays.

Saying the word done …


Productivity guru David Allen shares his 3 best tricks for saving time

We're always looking for a new morning routine, the ideal office environment, or the latest time-saving trick to maximize our daily productivity.

With the flurry of resources and information out there, it can be difficult to know where to start and what will actually work.

We decided to ask David …


Beware These 6 Productivity Killers

You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce. Or Elon Musk. Or President Obama. The number is the same, daunting figure no matter who you are: 24 hours. So, what’s the difference between those at the top of their fields and those lost in the shuffle? [...]


3 Psychological Strategies to Increased Productivity

If you’ve ever lost an afternoon to a great conversation or become so involved in a work project that all else was forgotten, then you’ve definitely tasted the experience of flow. In flow, we are so focused on the task at hand that everything else falls away. Action and awareness merge. Time flies. …


Boost Productivity by Optimizing Your Work Environment

For many entrepreneurs, profitability is directly correlated with their productivity. Yet from time to time, even the most disciplined entrepreneur might not be able to focus on work.

Even though you're constantly busy, you might feel like you can't accomplish anything.

The solution is to make better …


4 Common Productivity Tips That Are Actually the Worst